Published On:Feb 02,2018

SPLICING: Fibre Rope Termination

For a rope to transmit force it needs a termination, whether it is a permanent attachment, such as a splice, socket or mechanical grip, or a temporary fix, such as a knot or wraps around a post. An effective termination is essential to almost every application that puts a rope under tension.

  • Splicing can be used in three ways. An eye spice puts a loop at the end of a rope. An end-to-end splice can either join two ropes together or, finally, join two ends of the same rope to make a circular grommet.
  • Fibre rope splicing is a skill that must be learned. The simpler splices can be produced by carefully following a manual.
  • Small practices that are learned from experience or by testing of the splices are often needed to produce the best results.
  • A well-practiced expert can make splices that match rope strength.
  • The most common and one of the most dependable methods of terminations of the fibre ropes is an eye splice, which can be placed round a suitable fitting.
  • Splices are made by separating the strands at the ends of the rope from the structure, bending the rope into a loop and tucking the separated strands into the body of the rope.
  • Another approach is to separate the strands, create an eye, and then braid them over the exterior of the rope; this over-braid will tighten and grip as tension is applied to the eye.
  • An intermediate stage of tucking the strands is an eight-strand plaited rope. There is enough grip on the tucked strands to hold considerable tension, usually to the maximum breaking strength of the rope.